Nelson Nordic Masters Program

Is Masters for Me?

Do you want to glide farther, go faster, and gain confidence on your nordic skis? The Nelson Nordic Masters program is for adult skiers of all ages and abilities looking for an inspiring ski experience.

With a flexible program to accommodate both less experienced skiers and those who are looking for a little more, the Nelson Nordic Masters is focused on skate skiing technique with a strong fitness component. Our goal is to ski longer and more efficiently while having a blast on snow!

If enough participants are interested, we may be able to offer some sessions in classic technique.

Program Benefits:

• Improve your skate skiing technique
• Develop strength and endurance on skis
• Meet new cross-country skiing friends
• Ski with others at your speed
• Learn to ski more efficiently (go faster with less work! Keep up with your kids!)
• Intro to waxing & ski maintenance

Details and Schedule:

  • Dates: Eight weekly sessions starting January 8, 2020
  • Cost: $136 ($150 after December 24)
    • non-members must purchase a discounted program night pass (8 for the price of 7: $84)
  • Time: Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm
  • Technique: Skate/Freestyle (possible Classic option depending on interest)
  • Ability: Level 2 or 3 (more info on ability levels)
  • Instructors: Ian McDonald and Kirstin Besemann, with assistance from other CANSI instructors

 Inquiries please contact


Ian McDonald

Originally from Houston, BC, Ian has been skiing since he was four years old. He grew up racing and training in both cross-country skiing and biathlon. Ian was on the BC Cross-Country Ski team for three years and on the BC Biathlon team for two years, and was a multiple time provincial champion in both, as well as achieving top 10 national results in each sport.

Ian is currently a level 2 CANSI certified instructor, and has lived in Nelson since 2007. When he is not skiing he can be found rock climbing, mountaineering, and earning a living as a project manager in residential construction.

Kirstin Besemann

Kirstin grew up cross-country skiing from her front door in the Gatineau Park. She was on skis pretty soon after being able to walk. Kirstin joined Nakkertok at a young age, trained and raced with them until the end of high school. She raced the Quebec cup circuit and competed at Nationals during her time with Nakkertok. A highlight result was a 2nd place finish at Nationals in a classic sprint event. Once in University, Kirstin raced the Ontario University Circuit with the Carleton Nordic Ski Team. She also enjoyed taking part in the Canadian Ski Marathon throughout University, accomplishing the Gold event twice (skiing 160km over two days and winter camping overnight).

Kirstin is a CANSI Level 1 instructor, and works in Nelson as an electrical engineer. Now hooked on the Kootenay lifestyle, she is spending her fourth winter in Nelson. When not nordic skiing, Kirstin can be found chasing other outdoor adventures.

Serving nordic skiers in Nelson & area since 1983